A Messy Church leader near Swansea made this imaginative suggestion for those teams looking for ways to connect life and TV outside Messy Church with God-talk within it:
Don’t know if you’re aware of the programme The Big Silence which is being broadcast on BBC2 in the UK on Fridays at 7pm. Also on BBC2 Wales 7pm. Note also available on iPlayer.
Abbot Christopher Jamison, a Benedictine monk, believes that he can teach five ordinary people the value of silent meditation, so they can make it part of their everyday lives.He says, ‘When people enter this contemplative space, beautiful and remarkable things happen in their lives.’ And I’m sure he said somewhere that when people go into silence they can’t help meeting God.
The programmes I think go deep (what we need in this society for once), and are frank and real, starting with ordinary people where they are in their lives, coming from totally different attitudes to faith, and I believe (although we haven’t seen the other two episodes yet) may well lead to quite an impact in their lives. I think the programmes should touch many people and be a great basis for discussion. They have been widely advertised on TV including Breakfast TV so putting ‘spirituality’ in the open forum where anyone could watch it.It would be great if we could point people in the direction of The Big Silence, and pray about it so it could be a shared discussion point as people discuss ‘soaps’ these days: ‘Oh, did you see The Big Silence?’